Vietnam travel in brief
Visitors to Quang Nam increase 21.2 percent in 2006
The central province of Quang Nam welcomed nearly 1.7 million of domestic and foreign tourists in 2006, a year-on-year increase of 21.1 percent.
Of the figure, the number of foreign visitors to the province reached 800,000, a rise of 12.3 percent.
In order to provide best services for visitors in 2006 - the "Quang Nam Tourism Year", the province invested in upgrading many hotels and restaurants. Six more hotels have been put into operation.
The province sets a target of welcoming 1 million foreign visitors in 2007.
Saigontourist to welcome tourists by sea on Christmas
Saigon Tourist Corporation (Saigontourist) will receive 2,600 visitors by sea on the occasion of Christmas.
The Spirit of Adventure ship of the UK's Saga Shipping with 500 passengers and its crew, and the Costa Marina ship of the Costa Crociere - a leading European travel company - with 1,100 members on board will anchor at the Sai Gon port on Dec. 24.
Saigontourist will welcome an additional 1,000 arrivals from Costa Allegra ship at Ha Long port on Dec. 25 for its five-day regular trip.
Spirit of Adventure is scheduled to visit Vietnam from Dec. 24-30, calling at Sai Gon port in the south, Nha Trang and Da Nang ports in the centre and Ha Long in the north.
This will be the first time the Costa Marina come to Vietnam. It will visit Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho city of the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang and Ha Long Bay from Dec. 24-27.
Ha Noi's earnings from tourism surge
The capital city of Ha Noi earned an estimated 13.95 trillion VND (872 million USD) from tourism in 2006, a 26.8 percent increase over 2005, according to the Ha Noi Tourism Department.
The revenue included 5.87 trillion VND (366.8 million USD) from Vietnam hotels and restaurants.
The city welcomed 5.9 million tourists, a 11 percent increase over 2005. The visitors included 1.1 million foreigners.
Visitors from the Republic of Korea made up 14 percent, the largest group among foreign tourists to the city, followed by China, Japan, France, Australia and the US.
The number of tourists from Northeastern Asia, Europe, Northern American and Australia to the city increased sharply, especially during the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting week. The number of visitors from Germany was up 13.4 percent; and the US, 10.7 percent.
Meanwhile, the number of Chinese visitors to Ha Noi Vietnam decreased 21 percent compared to 2005 as China did not allow their citizens using travel passes to enter Vietnam through border gates.
Ha Noi is expected to receive 6.6 million visitors in 2007, including 1.2 million foreigners. It plans to earn 15 trillion VND (937.5 million USD) from Vietnam tourism.
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